Wood dust on iPhone.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Aditya_S, May 14, 2016.

  1. Aditya_S macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2016
    In my house, the floors are being replaced, and there was a lot of dust from the wood. A lot of it was on my iPhone when I left it on a desk. Is it possible that it entered my phone through the speakers and ports? If it did, would it overheat my device since dust does the same thing to computers? How would I remove it?
  2. SuperKerem macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2012
    There isn't much you can do short of opening up the device, which, as far as I remember, voids its warranty.

    However, I don't think it would overheat the device in either case, since there are no fans or moving parts in your iPhone. Computers have fans which can get clogged up due to dust, which restricts airflow and subsequently may cause overheating.

    It's very unlikely dust got anywhere inside your iPhone anyway. All the ports are pretty much sealed off from the internals of the device.
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Just wipe you phone off and move on with life. Enjoy the new floors.
  4. Aditya_S thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2016
    OK, but I've heard if a lot of dust gets into the Lightning port, it may not charge, and enough in the speaker lowers the volume.
  5. smacrumon macrumors 68030


    Jan 15, 2016
    From my understanding the port, microphone and speaker holes are sealed inside. Maybe you can shine a torch at any openings just to check there is nothing there so you can be at ease. Maybe a quick wipe with a microfibre cloth near the port to catch anything missed or a little vaccuum with a very soft brush attachment and then a quick swipe with a sponge to make it all sparkle and brand new.
    Good luck with the new floors!
  6. AlxR4 macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2014
    It is FULL of dust! The ports are not sealed, and the Fans inside your Phone will not be able to Spin to cool down your Device! You are doomed unless you soak it in 12oz of Water! The dust will come out, turn into Mud, and then you will just be able to separate the Mud from the Water! Oh, and don't forget to wipe it dry when you are done.
  7. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    12 oz??? I don't have a way to measure it! And then what to do with the mud?? Problems, so many problems..... And now only one of my speakers is working. Aaaaagh.....

    :) J/K
  8. Tom G. macrumors 68020

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    As mentioned above-mentioned use a flashlight to check for dust. If you're concerned that there may be too much gently blow it out. You can get aerosol cans of air at electronic stores that are made for this purpose.

    WARNING! If you use the canned air use it gently and in short bursts or else you could cause condensation to form inside the ports. Practice away from the phone first.

    I don't think you actually have much to worry about. I've used iPhones in very dusty industrial aress for years with no problems.

    Enjoy your new floors.
  9. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68040


    Sep 23, 2005
  10. maryummaaz macrumors newbie


    May 16, 2016
    Lol. Just open it n get the dust away .... Orr take it to some service shop
  11. Laurie65, May 16, 2016
    Last edited: May 16, 2016

    Laurie65 macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2015
    In front of my computer
    An OtterBox www.otterbox.com (similar to a LifeProof) would have saved you this worry and aggravation.
  12. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    Did you try to charge it? I think you are worrying over nothing.
  13. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

    Mr. Buzzcut

    Jul 25, 2011
    I'd be more worried about dust settling in everything else that IS air cooled and open. TV, toaster, etc. The phone is fine.
  14. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    You know what's funny? Yeah, I know you don't.
  15. Aditya_S thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2016
    Even though I posted that thread, I ended up not getting it.
    I have one, but my phone wasn't in it at the time, plus the speaker and mics are still open with it on.
  16. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68040


    Sep 23, 2005
    Based on your posting history, I strongly advise that you never remove it from the Otterbox.
  17. steve knight macrumors 68030

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    Don't worry about it the iPhone has been great in my woodworking shop. I used to go through phones because of sawdust till I got the 3. Never been a problem though dust can get in the ports and you need to remove it so headphones or charging works. But that's from being in a pocket with a lot of dust in it dust in the air is not a issue.
  18. Donga120 macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2014
    Use an old toothbrush and give the speaker/mic a little scrub, I work in a dusty environment and do this once a week and I am OCD :)

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